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installed in the entire fleet on Day 1,
it is projected to save approximately 50
million gallons of fuel a year," he said.
"With that magnitude of fuel savings,
you can reduce the requirement for
forward ops, reduce deliveries to those
for ward locations, and reduce convoy
deliveries and security requirements as
well. All of those things translate into
freeing up assets and lessen the people
you put in harm's way."
Mission equipment---Integrated mis-
sion equipment with ma ximum
effectiveness in the battlespace calls for
multifunctional solutions, said Naveen
N. Murarka, Program Manager,
Advanced Concepts and Technologies
Division, Northrop Grumman Elec-
tronic Systems Sector. In developing
the hardware and the software archi-
tecture, modularity and the ability to
enhance capabilities in the future are
important, he said. This includes pro-
cessing, he noted. "Every single system
that we provide typically comes with
a separate process. What we need to
do is engage the warfighter early on in
"As our technology and our sensor
systems improve, we're going to see
an exponential rise of data getting
into the cockpits, getting to the UAS
[Unmanned Aircraft System] stations,
and moving across the battlespace.
What we need to be able to do is take
that data and apply smart processes" to
reduce workflow for the crew, Mura-
rka said. "We've got to sift through
that data and provide the actual intel-
ligence that the pilot or the crew need."
Open architecture standards should
not get in the way of innovation, he said.
"We need to ensure that we allow our-
selves to have the eventual upgrades
to those existing standards that really
enable us to add capabilities to the
existing systems. ... We need to be able
to work collaboratively with govern-
ment and industry partners to develop
solutions, and really look at the best
ways to prevent the government from
getting locked in."
The Army's series of Net work
Integration Evaluations will pro-
vide opportunities to demonstrate
and enhance interoperability,
Looking at the capabilities that Army
nostics will be critical, said Tim
Randich, Director of Product Sup-
port, Lockheed Martin Missiles and
Fire Control, in a separate session titled
"Contractor Support for Army Avia-
tion on the Battlefield and Kuwait." "If
you provide the communication design
that makes it able for the Soldiers and
maintainers to quickly make repairs, turn
times are shorter, and it gets the unit back
in the fight as quickly as possible," he said.
One of the issues discussed at the
symposium was whether industry could
sustain research and development
funding for new technology with no
guarantee of production, especially as
the military draws down and overall
defense spending is less.
No clear answer to that question
emerged, but industry representatives
Offering a Northrop Grumman perspec-
tive, Murarka said, "I think in the short
term, we can certainly do that, but as
we move toward ... actually building
future platforms, there's a large invest-
ment required to do that. And there is a
challenge with how we can sur vive, say
in the next 5 to 10 years, as a business to
"I think we still need to work on it as a
business model and work with the govern-
ment to see how we can sustain," he said.
"I would say that it will be a factor of how
the government reacts to some of those
investments and how they treat them,"
said Sikorsky's Van Buiten. "There are
decisions in front of us that would poten-
tially stifle further industry investment,
or accelerate it."
"Next-generation vertical flight capa-
bilities are critically important,
and we can't afford another Coman-
che," said Hirschberg of the American
Helicopter Society International, refer-
ring to the Ar
n in 2004
to cancel development of the
R AH-66 Comanche helicopter after
spending $6.9 billion and more than
20 years to develop the surveillance and
To succeed, FVL development will have to
place "equal focus on affordability, avail-
ability and capability," Boeing's Dunford
said. "And any new technology that comes
along must support reducing support
costs as well as advancing the capability."
"We have to succeed this time and
sustain leadership from the Army and
other services," Hirschberg concluded.
"We can't afford to fail."
MARGARET C. ROTH is the Senior Editor
of Army AL&T Magazine. She holds a B.A.
in Russian language and linguistics from the
University of Virginia. Roth has more than
a decade of experience in writing about the
Army and more than two decades' experi-
ence in journalism and public relations.
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